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Dragon's Egg has nothing to do with dragons — the dragon's egg is a neutron star being visited by humans who are suspending themselves in a stationary orbit by means of a propulsion laser.

The laser light falls to and illuminates a small portion of the surface of the star. As it happens, the surface of the star has a "crust" of highly degenerate nuclear material, at densities and pressures that enable exotic nucleochemistry to occur — nuclei with extended shape and structure that are "weakly" bound, sources of free energy. Out of this nuclear soup, life has emerged.

Strange life, of course — it is effectively 2-D, as the star's relentless gravitational field prevents structures more than a few millimeters thick from forming on the crust. Fast life — nuclear reactions proceed at least five or six orders of magnitude faster than electronic ones, so a "year" of life on the surface is order of a minute of life to the human watchers.

The laser light acts as a source of free energy — rich "food" for the primitive life forms — and competition for that food spurs evolution and a series of social revolutions. Over the course of a day overhead, twenty or thirty lifetimes pass on the surface and civilization emerges from what was at best a stone-age culture.

Naturally, an abundance of plot, appealing characters, a truly novel premise (Forward was an astrophysicist and the quality of the science in his SF is matched only by Brin in the current generation and Asimov or perhaps Niven in the older one), alien sex.

A damn fine read. Indeed, one of the best "pure science fiction" stories ever!

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  • Publisher:Del Rey Books
  • File: 7.3 Mb
  • Ganre: Science Fiction
  • Release: 02.02.2000
  • ISBN: 9780345435293
  • Pages 345
  • Rating: 4.12 (3312 votes)

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